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Former Lyft CSO and Freestyle Capital co-founder team up to back climate tech startups

When it comes to saving the planet, Raj Kapoor, Lyft’s former chief strategy officer and head of business, doesn’t think asking consumers (or the government) to change their ways is an effective s

DCVC Partner and space explorer Chris Boshuizen is coming to TC Sessions: Space 2021

For now, we can still say that the number of people who’ve been to space is vanishingly small. But with the new pace at which Blue Origin is sending private citizens up, that might not be the ca

Long-time Lyft CFO departs to become CFO at NFT marketplace OpenSea

Lyft’s long-time CFO Brian Roberts, who took the company public, announced Monday that he was departing the ride share company that he joined in 2014 to take the same role at NFT marketplace Ope

Facebook Gaming wants viewers to hop into the game with their favorite streamers

Facebook Gaming might not be a hot streaming destination like Twitch or YouTube Gaming, but the social network is steadily adding interactive features to build its appeal. Facebook is trying out a new

Uber spinout Serve Robotics gets $13M seed round to expand sidewalk robot deliveries

Serve Robotics, the autonomous sidewalk delivery company that spun out from Uber-owned Postmates in March, has closed an expanded seed round at $13 million. The company will use the funds to accelerat

SEC investigating Tesla over solar panel defect allegations

U.S. securities regulators have opened a probe into Tesla over allegations from a whistleblower that the company did not disclose to shareholders fire risks from its solar panel systems. The allegatio

The defensive power of diversity in cybersecurity

In cybersecurity, where success often relies on doing the unexpected, diversity of thought is a valuable weapon.

How one founder is taking on the customer knowledge gap in the cannabis industry

Co-founder of Dutchie, Ross Lipson talks to Jordan and Darrell about stepping into the cannabis space, taking the hits as they come, and growing a business in a highly-regulated and brand new industry

Designers hope hydrogen-powered plane will fly halfway around the world without refueling

The FlyZero project, which is led by the Aerospace Technology Institute and funded by the UK government, came up with a concept for a liquid hydrogen-powered midsize aircraft.

TikTok’s newest app lets sellers manage their online stores via their smartphone

TikTok has launched a new app for its seller community taking advantage of its suite of TikTok Shopping features, but the app is only available in Indonesia at present. TikTok Seller, as the app is ca

Berlin’s Everphone raises $200M in debt and Series C equity

Berlin-based smartphone-as-a-service provider, Everphone, has topped up with $65 million in a Series C equity raise in addition to taking $135M in debt financing — for a total raise of $200M. Th

SenseTime’s IPO to test market demand for high-growth, high-loss shares in Hong Kong

The larger context for SenseTime's debut is that it is going public after the Chinese government cracked down on a number of tech sectors in the country.

EV automaker Lucid Group under investigation by SEC

Lucid Group has been subpoenaed by securities regulators investigating the electric automaker’s merger that enabled it to become a publicly traded company. Lucid said in a regulatory filing Mond

DoorDash tests a full-time employment option in New York as it launches ‘ultra-fast’ delivery

DoorDash announced today that it’s introducing “ultra-fast” deliveries in 10-15 minutes beginning with a single DashMart location in New York City. To start, ultra-fast deliveries w

Equity Monday: When does a selloff become a rout?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Despite the advanced week, news is still coming in hot and hea

WhatsApp users can now choose to have messages disappear for all new chats by default

WhatsApp users can now choose to easily have all new messages they send or receive disappear as the world’s largest instant messaging service broadens its offerings for what an executive described a

UK High Court deals huge blow to Uber-style ride-hailing contracts

In a landmark court decision against Uber, the U.K. High Court has ruled that its business model is unlawful. The decision — which reboots the application of London’s regulations around pr

Bain Capital Ventures taps ex-Affirm exec as its newest partner to focus on early-stage fintech and commerce

Bain Capital Ventures has named Christina Melas-Kyriazi, a former Affirm executive and angel investor, as its newest partner. Melas-Kyriazi will be based in the firm’s San Francisco office and focus

Astra will launch a rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida for the first time in January

Astra is set to expand its launch footprint, after exclusively flying its first few rockets from Kodiak, Alaska. The startup will fly a mission from Cape Canaveral in Florida for client NASA in Januar

Pinterest invests in creator tools with acquisition of video creation and editing app Vochi

Pinterest is further investing in creator tools and video with today’s news that it has acquired the video creation and editing app Vochi for an undisclosed sum. The company will be bringing in
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